Teaser Tuesday: The Boat by Nam Le

Tuesday Teaser is great meme hosted by Should Be Reading and is a great way to find out about new books.Here are the guidelines: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Boat by Nam Le

This book comes with a great recommendation from a fabulous Australian author, Helen Garner, who says "A fearless new Australian voice that accepts no geographical limits: these are stories of leaping power and the most breathtaking grace and intimacy". I am enjoying it, even though I am in a bit of a reading slump. This teaser is from a story who's wife has recently passed away, and on the day he is scheduled to meet is daughter for the first time in 17 years, he is given a cancer diagnosis:
"For years after that day, I'd continue to be amazed by the ability of her body to hold light. Even at the end - when she was flat and wooden under the hospice sheets. I'd watch her endlessly: following her body across each foot and nook of my studio; outside, walking through Central Park, lying down, the sun caught in her skin - or in bathtubs, watching  how the water refracted the light on her face."
Can't wait to read other people's teasers.

9 comments

  1. I loved this book when I read it. I loved the variety in the different stories.

    My teaser will be up later today.

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  2. Hi Becky! I have an award for you on my blog.

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  3. I read this one awhile back and while I loved some stories others I thought were just ok. So like a lot of short story collections are it was a bit hit and miss with me. I'm be interested to read your review when you're done.

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  4. I saw this book not to long ago in a local bookstore-It sounds very worthwhile

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  5. I've got The Boat sitting on my shelf...just haven't been in the mood for short stories I guess. Will be interested to read your review.

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  6. That is a beautiful passage. Those few lines tell a whole story of the loss of one loved deeply - wow. I am going through a bit of a short story phase so will keep my eye out for this collection. Thanks.

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